Thursday, July 09, 2009

Florida Man Shoots Intruder In Self-Defense: "William West was asleep in his bed when he got an unusual call from his neighbor at 4:30 in the morning. "I called him back, and he was like, 'Somebody in your house right now. How asleep is you? They in your house right now," West's neighbor said. That's when West said he got up and armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, taking matters into his own hands. "I didn't really have time to think, you know what I'm saying," West said. "Didn't have time to think to be scared or not. I just know I had to try to protect myself. That's it." West said he shot the intruder who was later identified as 25-year-old Gerald Wright. According to the arrest report, Wright came in through West's window armed with a silver handgun and was standing in his living room. "I couldn't really see because I wear glasses, so I just shot because I had buck shots, and I know they would spread," West said. According to the report, Wright was able to climb back out and run a couple blocks away, where he was found lying on the ground near the dorms at Edward Waters College. Five days later, you can still see a trail of blood from the suspect leading from the window down the stairwell."

SC: Resident interrupts burglary, shots fired: “A late night burglary on Billy Road off Highway 19 near the Aiken and Edgefield County line ended in gunfire and the suspect fleeing the residence armed with a stolen .38 caliber handgun around midnight …. the homeowner walked in on the suspect during the burglary and the confrontation ended with shots being fired at the suspect inside the home. … As more information on the suspect became available, it was learned he was a known gang member and is known for resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, and failure to stop for blue lights. Deputies were warned that the suspect is armed and extreme caution should be used in approaching the suspect.”

NM: Shooting raises question of self-defense: “A bizarre shooting in Belen leaves a former corrections officer dead, and a former Marine in jail charged with his murder. … Deputies say 38-year-old Luke Sanchez, a former Marine who served as a military policeman, was driving back to his farm in Belen when he spotted Gabaldon and another suspect stealing supplies from Enchantment Propane. They say Sanchez called police, but also drove closer to the suspects to try to get their license plate number. Deputies say he got too close — Gabaldon spotted him, ran over to his car and broke the driver’s side window. David Dawson is close friends with Sanchez, and says he was just defending himself. ‘They were bashing his windows in and he was screaming for them to leave him alone,’ Dawson said. After a short fight, deputies say Sanchez pulled out his gun and shot Gabaldon in the head, killing him.”

Mexican Standoff On Second Amendment: "Big lies die slowly. After a claim by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that 90% of Mexican drug dealers' military weapons (machine guns, hand grenades and missiles) come from American gun stores was exposed as a lie several months ago, it's back — this time with the imprimatur of the Government Accountability Office. A June 21 CBS "60 Minutes" report by Anderson Cooper was clearly coordinated to coincide with release of the GAO report and a similar one by "activist" Josh Sugarmann."

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